Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: September 4, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.

Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.

John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

Dear George

Was glad to receive your favor of Aug 31st— I want to ask you two questions first. In your report of Aug 28th you say the Canal is at last opened up to the completed mile and water will soon be at the City. [3] When do you expect to have water down to the Town? 2d Have you written the Buffalo people [4] urgeing the necessity of money to meet bills? If so have they answered? I will And have you sent Stokes [5] his stock? I will be glad to know how much the Co. owes. Are you going to order a stock of goods—


Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, September 4, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Stevens' Point, Wis. / Friday, September 4. Arrived in town at 6.30 A. M. One and one quarter mile haul to lot. This is a typical one-horse town, with no street cars, and the worst kind of sandy streets. We had a great hustle to night in order to get the second section out first, as it had to be all loaded and ready to leave town at 10.45, and considering the long haul it was quick work. / Business, big in the afternoon, fair at night. / Lot, Fay street and Wisconsin avenue. / Arena, 189 x 363." [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1896 as determined by the Routes List. [back]

Note 3: "City" and "Town" both refer to Cody, Wyoming, officially named in August 1896. [back]

Note 4: "Buffalo people" refers to the investors from Buffalo, New York, including Bleistein, Rumsey, and Gerrans. [back]

Note 5: "Stokes" is possibly Edward S. Stokes (1841-1901), at one time a railroad and oil magnate and businessman. Stokes was an owner of Hoffman House, an elegant hotel in Manhattan where Cody was often a guest. Cody may have wanted Stokes to invest in the Cody Canal. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Letters to George T. Beck (Acc. #9972), ah031396

Date: September 4, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Bleistein, George, 1861-1918 Rumsey, Bronson, II, 1854-1946 Stokes, Edward S., 1841-1901

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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